The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 22, 2013

Ministry asks to use DHS’ facilities

BY CAROL ROEHM
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The Danville District 118 School Board on Wednesday will consider a request from a group to use Danville High School’s facilities for a week during the summer of 2014.

Superintendent Mark Denman said Danville’s First Presbyterian Church has been in contact with Group Cares, a Colorado-based ministry founded in 1977 that does charitable work around the globe.

One of Group Cares’ ministries is a home repair mission camp — or “workcamp” — in which high school-age youths from across the country come to a community for a week and assist with repairing homes for senior citizens, low-income and disabled homeowners.

Denman said about 400 teens and their chaperones plan to come to Danville in the summer of 2014 to donate one week of free labor to repair homes. He said the group usually repairs 50-65 homes during the blitz.

“They are highly chaperoned, and many are involved with church youth groups,” he said.

Group Cares has asked if it can use DHS during their stay.

“They would sleep on the floor at the high school in their own sleeping bags in the hallways, shower in the locker rooms and eat breakfast and dinner in the cafeteria,” Denman said.

“They would pay the cost for any food or custodian services they would use.”

Also on Wednesday, the school board will:

First Student was the lowest of four bidders at $2.919 million for the first year of service, with a 3.5 percent increase in the second and third years of the contract.

Denman said the bid is 13 percent higher than this year’s transportation cost of $2.58 million.